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Oahu crime stats show mixed bag, and lack of context

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During the first six months of 2015, there were 12 murders, 438 robberies, and nearly 14,000 property crimes on Oahu.

The preliminary numbers were included in the FBI’s seminannual Uniform Crime Report released Tuesday.

Putting the figures in context isn’t easy.

The Honolulu Police Department hasn’t reported crime statistics for the semiannual and annual Uniform Crime Reports for years because of backlogs with the department’s records management system.

A police spokeswoman said while statistics for the first six months of 2015 were delivered to the FBI, figures for 2014 are still being compiled.

To compare the 2015 numbers to previous years, HPD directed Hawaii News Now to statistics on its website. The latest figures, however, are for all of 2013. No six-month tallies were available.

The last semiannual figures HPD reported were for 2005.

So how do the 2015 numbers compare to a decade earlier?

Overall, both property crimes and violent crimes are down from 2005.

There were 1,158 violent crimes in the first six months of 2015, a decrease of about 4 percent from 10 years ago.

But some violent crimes are up: There were 6 murders in the first half of 2005, compared to the 12 in the first half of 2015. (In all of 2013, the latest year available, there were 18 murders on Oahu.)

And there were 438 robberies in the first half of 2015, compared to 384 in 2005.

Aggravated assaults, though, were down by about 28 percent: From 716 in the first six months of 2005 to 561 in 2015.

Some 147 rapes were reported in the first six months of 2015. The figures can’t be compared to 2005 because the FBI recently changed the definition of rape to include more offenses.

Property crimes, meanwhile, were down by 47 percent compared to 2005, with 13,836 offenses recorded.

The biggest decline was in larceny-theft: There were 10,144 in the first half of 2015, compared to 14,290 during the same period in 2005.

Burglaries and car thefts were also down.

Nationally, violent crime rose in the first six months of 2015 compared to same period in 2014. The FBI reported increases in murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes were down nationally, however.

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